Author(s): Tracy McMillan
I love You - Television writer Tracy McMillan managed to work her way into a killer Hollywood career - a privileged world of pool houses, premieres, and big-time producer deals - despite being the daughter of a fur-coat-wearing, El Dorado-driving, smooth - talking pimp named Freddie. But success couldn't save her from the pattern of self-destructive choices - stemming from her history with her father - that would shape all of her romantic relationships. "I Love You and I'm Leaving You Anyway" is her comic, tragic, and ultimately victorious story, the riveting true tale of how having a father obsessed with women made her a woman obsessed with men. And I'm Leaving You - Blessed with beauty and brains, Tracy had no problem attracting men. Marrying her first husband (a kind, stable MBA) before she was out of her teens, she quickly discovered the romantic contradiction that so many women face: the "right" kind of men feel wrong. And the wrong ones feel so, so right. Alternating between the nice guys she knew she "should" want, and the unavailable men who were compelling, Tracy found herself repeating the hurt that began when the man who loved her the most, her father, left her for prison when she was just three years old. Freddie's absence meant a childhood filled with foster homes, a temperamental stepmother, and near constant upheaval. It took three marriages, the birth of a son, and, most important, resolving her relationship with her dad for Tracy to discover the truth about herself - a truth that finally set her free. Anyway, this provocative, insightful, and humorous memoir isn't a "woe is me" story of what went wrong. "I Love You and I'm Leaving You Anyway" is a story of what's gone right - one woman's journey to creating a fulfilling life and raising a son who taught her everything she needed to know about men, love, and, of course, herself. Heartwarming, funny, and unflinchingly real, it is an inspiring testament to the power of change that proves we can all grow from even our most flawed relationships.
Tracy McMillan is a film and television writer, currently on Showtime’s Emmy award-winning series The United States of Tara, and before that on the ABC drama - Life on Mars and the NBC drama Journeyman. She lives in Los Angeles with her thirteen-year-old son.